\ ˈsnē-kē How to pronounce sneaky (audio) \
sneakier; sneakiest

Definition of sneaky

: marked by stealth, furtiveness, or shiftiness a sneaky trick

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Other Words from sneaky

sneakily \ ˈsnē-​kə-​lē How to pronounce sneakily (audio) \ adverb
sneakiness \ ˈsnē-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce sneakiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of sneaky in a Sentence

They make it look like you're getting a lot more than you really are. It's a sneaky trick. It's a sneaky way of getting people to buy something they don't need.
Recent Examples on the Web The Raiders have a bye in Week 6, making Ruggs a sneaky stash for future weeks. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Fantasy football waiver wire: Steelers' Chase Claypool rises to the top of deep wide receiver pool," 14 Oct. 2020 This way, alternative keyboards don't have to do anything sneaky or try to work around Android's permission limits for apps to offer predictive replies. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "How Google's Android Keyboard Keeps ‘Smart Replies’ Private," 7 Oct. 2020 Resetting now, while Lillard's trade value remains enormous, could be a sneaky (though admittedly sad) way to eventually move into contention. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Portland Trail Blazers trade Damian Lillard to Phoenix Suns in ‘realistic’ trade proposal," 2 Oct. 2020 Shotzzy was sneaky and creative in his map win, finding dark spots that gave him angles. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Top 5 moments from the Empire’s Call of Duty League All-Star weekend," 14 Sep. 2020 Brees works through his progression and makes a sneaky difficult throw to get the ball into Kamara's hands in the flat. Jeff Nowak,, "Drew Brees isn't lying: Saints ran 'shot plays' vs. Packers. Here's what happened.," 30 Sep. 2020 Greater Cincinnati state lawmakers are calling for a higher degree of accountability as Hamilton County parks leaders continue to refuse to take responsibility for their sneaky attempt to levy a tax this year. Jason Williams, The Enquirer, "PX column: After sneak attack tax, local Ohio lawmakers agree quirky law needs fixing," 22 Aug. 2020 This was liable to strike some as cynical or sneaky. James Gleick, The New York Review of Books, "Simulating Democracy," 22 Sep. 2020 Even the Cornhuskers’ closing streak is no cakewalk, with trips to Iowa and a sneaky Purdue team and a home date with Minnesota. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s 2020 schedule: Quick thoughts on who the Buckeyes face, and when," 19 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of sneaky

1833, in the meaning defined above

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19 Oct 2020

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“Sneaky.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce sneaky (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sneaky

: behaving in a secret and usually dishonest manner
: done in a secret and dishonest manner


\ ˈsnē-kē How to pronounce sneaky (audio) \
sneakier; sneakiest

Kids Definition of sneaky

: behaving in a sly or secret way or showing that kind of behavior a sneaky person a sneaky trick

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